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Jan 20, 2012 1:05 AM

Two new arrests made in child abuse case

TUCSON - The Tucson Police Department makes two new arrests in the child abuse death of a baby girl. They arrested Kiyana Higgins a week ago. One day after her infant daughter, Za'Naya died and her 3-year old son was hospitalized.

The death prompted Child Protective Services to take custody of Higgins' three other children. Thursday night, Tucson Police made two more arrests.

The accused killer's mother and sister were picked up for not reporting the alleged abuse.

According to Tucson Police, the women knew about the abuse and did nothing about it.

A new report gives disturbing insight into what Za'Naya went through. Tucson police arrested her grandmother, 52-year-old Clara Huyghue and her aunt, 25-year-old Keshawna Higgins.

Tucson police say both women ignored the abuse suffered by Za'Naya and her 3-year-old brother.

They believe the aunt, Keshawna, also physically abused them.

In a detailed report posted online, by the Department of Economic Security we learn that on March 15, 2010 Kiyana Higgins was in jail on felony child abuse charges when she gave birth to Za'Naya.

Sometime after her birth, CPS received a report alleging abuse or neglect of the baby.

On the morning of January 12, 2012 Za'Naya's mom called 911, saying she was having a seizure. She died at the hospital.

The Department of Economic Security says Za'Naya had multiple injuries including bruises, burn marks, scratches, bite marks, and scars.

Authorities were also concerned about her weight.

Za'Naya's 3 year old brother has been released from the hospital and is in CPS care like the other siblings.

For perspective, a former TPD detective tells News-4 that right now in Tucson there are at least 50 kids being abused in silence, like Za'Naya.

These arrests are a stark reminder that it's a crime if you fail to report child abuse.

If you suspect child abuse call 1-888-SOS-CHILD.


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